Politics (Canadian Edition): An Introduction to the Modern Democratic State, Fourth Edition

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University of Toronto Press, Nov 30, 2012 - Political Science - 416 pages
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The latest edition of Politics offers a comprehensive and comparative approach to the essential components of democratic politics in today's states. The book begins by addressing ways of thinking about politics, community, and society, offering broad outlines of political theory in a historical context. Johnston then provides a comparative framework for understanding basic democratic systems which is drawn upon in subsequent sections on institutions, the political process, and governing. The result is an accessible introduction to contemporary democratic politics that is also deeply theoretical and comparative in scope.

The fourth edition has been revised throughout and rewritten with a more focused narrative. The student-friendly design incorporates more visuals and sidebars, as well as chapter objectives and a glossary, in order to make the material easily digestible. In addition, a new companion website provides self-study support for students along with a wealth of materials for instructors to draw from when developing lectures, tutorials, assignments, and exams.

See www.johnstonpolitics.com for more information.

 

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Contents

List of Figures
AComparative Approach
FIGURES
COOPERATION COERCION AND CONSENTOPENINGIDEAS OurSocial Nature
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Further Reading
Classical Antiquity FeudalSociety the Medieval Era
Synergy
Amending Formula Nonfederal Options
Social Cleavages
TheRole ofIdeas
Criteria forEvaluating Electoral Systems
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Electoral Systems Considered Electoral Administration
Political Parties

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References
ROADMAP TO THE REST A COMPARATIVE FRAMEWORK
Functions Institutions Systems
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TheJudiciaryasa Branch of Government BicameralismDo Two Houses Make a Home?
Components ofParliamentary Government
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TheGovernmentFormation Process
Executive Dominance
References
Unitary FederalConfederal
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Components ofFederalism
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Party Systems
Organized Interests
2
Corporatism
Social Movements
Conclusion
TwoTheories about Public Policy
Examining the Policy Cycle
Types ofPolicy
The Legislative Process
DirectDemocracy PrivateLaw
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CourtSystems Rights
POLICY The Natureof Capitalist MarketSociety
Models versus Reality The Reform of Market Capitalism
The Age ofDeficit and Debt
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References

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About the author (2012)

Larry Johnston is the author of Ideologies: An Analytic and Conceptual Approach (1996) and Between Transcendence and Nihilism (1995). A legislative researcher in Toronto since 1998, he was an academic consultant to the Ontario Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform in 2006. He has taught a variety of politics courses at the University of Toronto, McMaster University, and Ryerson University.

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